Clapham Primary School

2020 Newsletter

Term 2, Week 5

National Reconciliation Week 27 May - 3 June

This year’s theme for National Reconciliation Week ‘In this together’ couldn’t be more appropriate. Together we can learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and explore how each of us can contribute to achieving Reconciliation in Australia.

We are fortunate to have Laiya, who is our Aboriginal Community Education Officer (ACEO), working every Tuesday and Thursday supporting our students, teachers and families. Laiya has established positive relationships with students and has assisted with classroom activities focused on Reconciliation.

Please click on link to see more Reconciliation Week photos


ENROL NOW for 2021 Reception

Do you have a child who is due to begin Reception in January 2021 but you haven’t filled out and submitted an enrolment form yet?  We are now planning for 2021 so it’s really important that we have your child’s enrolment form as soon as possible. If you would like an enrolment pack please see Sam at the Front Office, call 8276 5633 or email Sam at . If you know of other families intending to enrol at Clapham Primary School please pass on this information.  We are getting many enrolments for Reception for next year and wish to share that we do not have a ‘cap/ cut-off’ for reception enrolments for 2021! 

#Silver Linings

Following on from the theme of “In this together” we have reflected on the ‘silver linings’ during this unusual time of COVID-19.  We have started to think about the newly implemented processes due to COVID-19 and are reviewing what we should keep, continue or stop.  We would like to share with you the many positives we have identified during this time, please see below. 

  • Consistency in learning programmes delivered due to our whole school agreements
  • Consistency across the school  in communication from the classroom to the whole school eg SeeSaw and Skoolbag

  • Upskilling of ICT knowledge and application

  • Our recent ICT upgrade (Network, devices, wifi, programs and infrastructure) has effectively and efficiently supported the demands of our learning environment including online learning (Learning from Home)

  • A greater ability to face challenges, share concerns with others to work together to find solutions and improve resilience

  • Collaboration of our staff across the school and within their teams

  • Reduced traffic in the corridors and in classrooms at the beginning and end of day:

    • Allows our students to get straight into learning at 8:50am
    • Has increased independence and self-management skills in students
    • Has led to less separation anxiety and increased resilience in students
    • Enables calmer corridors and class rooms
    • Allows students opportunities to broaden and develop their peer relationships within their classrooms due to less adult interactions
    • Makes for easier transition moving from one classroom to another
    • Lessens distractions and disruptions from younger siblings
    • Allows for less crowding where accidental bumps are minimised
    • Minimises noise and movement which enables a calmer learning environments supporting all students and in particular those with sensory needs
  • A stronger focus on wellbeing - Mindfulness for staff and students.  Did you know that at each staff meeting we have a mindfulness session?  Programs such as interoception, Smiling Minds, Brave Program, Habits of Mind have assisted in our overall wellbeing.
  • Introduced new lunch time activities such as library and disco
  • Increased awareness and understanding of the importance of personal hygiene

  • Public appreciation and recognition of teachers work
  • Appreciate our positive and supportive Clapham community 
  • Support of our parents/carers and our Governing Council

Semester 1 Reporting

Semester 1 reports will be sent home with each student on Wednesday 1st July. You will notice a slight change to the format as teacher comments are now at the end of the report card and not after each subject (English, Maths, Science).

Teachers have worked in teams with our Senior Leader of Learning Improvement to review, analyse and construct comments that  provide extra information not covered by the grade, effort, Australian Curriculum or Term Overview and work habits.

Teacher comments will include specific areas that a child has shown or needs to show improvement in, the evidence for this and suggested strategies  to assist their progress.  The information will provide a picture of the child as a learner and will enable parents to support the education of their children.

Teachers have been assessing students in all areas of the curriculum to inform both their reporting and future programming.

Assessment used by teachers includes:

· Student self-assessment which is an important component of the teaching and learning process.

· Peer assessment. The format and content is at the teacher’s discretion.

· Anecdotal notes.

· Formal assessments, such as Reading Running Records

· Teacher designed tests appropriate to classroom program

Reporting is an ongoing process and can be communicated to parents by informal and formal methods including:

· Communication of teacher intent through class newsletters and overviews.

· Feedback through Seesaw posts,  Diaries or Communication Books

· Written Mid-Year Report. Teachers report against the Australian Curriculum achievement standards with A-E achievement levels and a general comment.

In each learning area, the Australian Curriculum framework provides standards written as outcomes that indicate developing capabilities along a continuum. In these areas, teachers judge a student’s achievement on evidence provided by the student that indicates the level of performance or standard expected at this particular point in time and at the year level.

 Teacher judgement of achievement needs to be communicated for each area of study in levels as follows:

A : excellent (achievement beyond what is expected at the year level)

B : good (achievement of what is expected at the year level)

C : satisfactory (achievement of what is expected at the year level)

D : partial (achievement of what is expected at the year level)

E : minimal (achievement of what is expected at the year level)

The format of the report is consistent across the school, however, variation to the format occurs for Reception students, as they do not receive a grade in the learning areas. Teachers moderate across year levels to ensure consistency of grading.

Students with One Child One Plans will receive the same reports as their peers. Teachers will include a statement that indicates that the student is either working on different year level curriculum or personalised learning goals and that achievement is assessed against the indicated year level expectations or personalised learning goals.

Effort will be reported concurrently with achievement in learning areas. Reporting effort in this way indicates the level of application to that particular strand of study. Reporting terms for Effort are;

Excellent (E), Good (G), Satisfactory (S) and Needs Improvement (NI).

We recognise that personal and social capability assists students to become successful learners, helping to improve their academic learning and enhancing their motivation to reach their full potential. Personal and social capability supports students in becoming creative and confident individuals with a sense of self-worth, self-awareness and personal identity that enables them to manage their emotional, mental, spiritual and physical wellbeing.

The reporting terminology used for Work Habits and Social Skills is Consistently, Sometimes and Rarely.  

Student attendance and punctuality is reported in numeric terms (Total number of Days Late, Total Number of Days Absent, Total number of days for Semester 1)

Year 5/6 Student Forum - Year 7s to High School 2022

Recently we met with our Year 5/6 students to start to plan for 2021.  Please see minutes attached from our first Student Forum. 

Year 5/6 Student Forum - first meeting

Governing Council News


The following is a brief update of each sub-committee:

Facilities: Our first Community Action Day was planned for 16th of May 2-5pm but has been postponed.  There are a number of upgrades to facilities that have been completed (eg drinking fountain, new window, playground edging and soft fall) and there are a number soon to progress eg security upgrade (replacement of some external doors, swipe card entry and installation of an internal wall), roof upgrade, new blinds to be installed in STEM and OSHC rooms.  We were also very excited to hear that our school has had approved the replacement of 21 air conditioners in the Minor Works program for 2020/2021. This means that all of the remaining older air conditioners will now be upgraded across the school.

After School Sports: Training for netball will recommence on Thursday 11 June, however competition/games are scheduled for Term 3.   New netball uniforms have been purchased enabling both senior teams to wear the Clapham Netball Uniform. Soccer will kick off soon with the introduction of Futsal for our senior players. More information to come.

OSHC Advisory Sub-Committee:  Happy Haven had a very successful Vacation Care.  A slight fee increase for Before School Care, After School Care and Vacation Care has been approved.  Our numbers in OSHC have increased therefore we have approved additional space for Happy Haven to cater for more children to access this service. 

Events (Fundraising): All fundraising events have been placed on hold until further notice. Meeting scheduled for 4 June TBC.

Education and Communication Committee: Postponed however communication with Parent Reps will occur later this term.

FinanceThe schools budget is tracking well, with a number of resources being purchased to support teaching and learning and the learning environments.   The school has been successful in obtaining additional funding to support individual students with specific needs.



Nude Food Day - Tuesday 16th June

    Dear Parents/Caregivers,

    Every piece of packaging or excess food that we can save from landfill makes a difference. As part of the Wipe Out Waste schools Less to Landfill Challenge, Clapham Primary School is holding a waste less (or Nude) food day on Tuesday 16th June to focus on reducing the amount of material that we send to landfill.

    When planning lunches for this day, and throughout the year, please help us minimise food and packaging waste by packing a waste-less lunch!


    Try to pack ...    A Waste-Less Lunchbox

    ·  Snacks in reusable containers

    ·  Drinks in a reusable container

    ·  Reusable utensils when needed

    ·  A reusable lunchbox or backpack

    ·  Small pieces of fruit, yoghurt or snack items in a reusable container

    Avoid ...  A Disposable Lunchbox

    • Lunches packed in plastic bags or wrap, foil, wax paper
    • Disposable drink boxes, pouches, cans, cartons, and bottles
    • Disposable forks and spoons
    • Pre-packaged single-serve snack items

    Here are a few more suggestions:

    • Help children to make nutritious, waste-less lunches and let them make their own lunches. Try packing lunches the night before and storing them in the fridge overnight.

    • Discuss with your child what they like to eat and how much.   Bin audits in schools across SA show large quantities of unopened pre-packaged foods, including single-serve yogurts, cheese sticks, sandwiches, uneaten apples/fruit and many near full fruit boxes being thrown away.  This costs your family money as well as creating waste.

      Cut up fruit and vegetables and pack them in reusable containers so that children can eat some and save the rest for later.  For example, it's hard to take some bites from a big apple at recess and save the rest for lunchtime.  It's easier to eat a wedge or two and then reseal the container. A rubber band around sliced apple will prevent browning.

      Encourage your children to bring home uneaten food to eat after school. Appreciate that play time is also important, so discuss with children how much they can reasonably eat in one day. Often children throw uneaten food away because they don’t want to upset the person who packed the lunch. If you’re not sure how much they can eat at school, start small. eg a piece of fruit and a sandwich, and build it up if they are asking for more.

      If your children have chips, savoury biscuits, or other snacks try buying a larger bulk pack (rather than the more expensive so called ‘convenience’ packs with lots of packaging) and have your children put the same quantity into a reusable labelled container that they bring home each day.

      Avoid buying drinks in packaging that cannot be resealed.  Many children take just a few sips at snack time and discard the rest.

      Reducing the cost for disposal of food packaging at school means more money to spend on learning resources and teaching support.

      Kindest regards

      Clapham Primary School Student Representative Council

Nude Food Information for Families

This document explains what Nude Food actually is.

2020 School Banking Review Survey

Governing Council discussed the School Banking Survey Results and acknowledges that views of parents are vast and varied.  School Banking will continue at Clapham with parents having the option to 'opt in' to this program.  The Council also acknowledged it is important that the processes for School Banking should not negatively impact on the schools resourcing.  This will continue to be monitored and managed by leadership.  Please see the survey results attached. 

"Thank you for putting others first" letters from Room 6 and 7

Wow this is lovely feedback.  🙂 We received a picture of our students “Thank you for putting others first” letters displayed at the Corona Virus Ward at The RAH.  We heard that the person they were addressed to shed a tear upon receiving them ❤ Well done Rooms 6 and 7 for spreading kindness and appreciation!!!

Finance News


The Material & Services fee approved for 2020 is $410.00 and now overdue.

Payments can be made via Qkr, EFTPOS or cash.

Payment plans are available by contacting the finance office, either in person or via email at

School Card applications are able to be completed online at

Click on the Applications button and select School Card A, alternatively you can come into the front office and see Tracy or Gail to complete an application.  You will need your Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card.  Applications for School Card need to be completed annually.

Thank you,

Tracy and Gail

Finance Team

Important Dates

8 June

Public Holiday

9 JunePupil Free Days, please see flyer to book OSHC (Happy Haven)
15 June
OSHC Meeting 6:30 (phone link up)
15 June
Governing Council Meeting 7:00pm (Zoom meeting)
18 June
School Photos
3 July
End of Term 2 - Early Dismissal at 2:10pm

OSHC - Pupil Free Day

Goodwood, Springbank & Daws Road Intersection Upgrade

For information regarding the upgrade please download.

Parking Control around Schools